Fricke's Picks Radio: Volume 1, Episode 2


Winter still hangs around, but New York is in spring-gig bloom, and there is a lot of rebound in this hour from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' first of three nights at the Beacon Theater; the opening set by singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten; the first show in 44 years by Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top garage band, the Moving Sidewalks; and the Madison Square Garden debut of Iceland's Sigur Rós. I own Swamp Dogg's "Total Destruction to Your Mind" in triplicate, including the original 1970 45 on Canyon – that should be explanation enough. I bought Royal Headache (What's Your Rupture), the debut album by Australia's Royal Headache upon strong recommendation – I'm glad I did – and the Rationals' Michigan-rock grenade, from 1969, can be found in a new knock-out box set, Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust (Easy Action), devoted to their singer, Scott Morgan.

Then there is my ongoing obsession with Steppenwolf's "Monster" suite: initiated when it first hit the radio in late 1969; renewed with the invasion of Iraq; now continually triggered by Afghanistan, drones, NRA paranoia, hysterical Congressional partisanship ... Well, you've got your own list. Here's a soundtrack.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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